March 14, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) Today Vancouver City Council approved the recommendations made in the Electric Vehicle (EV) Ecosystem Program Update, which focus on accelerating EV adoption, growing the public charging network, and ensuring that EVs can be charged at all new residential parking stalls. The actions will help reduce carbon pollution and improve air quality by increasing opportunities for residents to move away from fossil fuel vehicles in Vancouver.
March 9, 2018 (Vancouver, B.C.) - Next week, Vancouver City Council will vote on a report from City staff that outlines a massive expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across Vancouver to accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles. If approved, Vancouver will be one of the first cities globally to require new residential buildings to be 100 per cent EV ready, meaning that all parking spots—excluding visitor parking—must be equipped with charging infrastructure, a significant increase over the current requirement of 20 per cent.
The Empty Homes Tax declaration period for 2017 closed on March 5, 2018 with a total of 183,911 declarations submitted, accounting for 98.85 per cent of all residential property owners in Vancouver.
As this was the first year of implementation of the tax, the findings from the 2017 declarations provide an important baseline for the City to compare all future results and better understand how the tax is influencing the behaviours of property owners.